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Topic # 228776 22-Jan-2018 11:06
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I thought it might be interesting to (attempt to) measure the success of our new Labour government's 100 day plan.  Of course, it's never as simple as it might sound :-)

 

100 days from when?

 

  • Final election results were confirmed on Oct 6th
  • Coalition agreement announced on Oct 19th
  • Government officially sworn in on Oct 26th

In the interests of fairness, we should probable use the 26th as the starting point.  That would make 100 days conclude on February 3rd.  (next Saturday)

 

So that's the when taken care of.  Which brings us to the "What".

 

Much of the detail of Labour's election policy pertaining to deliverables in the first 100 days has been quietly swept aside and replaced with a much less prescriptive 100 day plan.  For instance, Labour's workplace relations policy has the following commitments for the first 100 days - only two of which are now referenced in their 100 day plan.

 

 

Within the first 100 days in Government, Labour will:

 

• Restore fairness rights for employees by replacing National’s 90 day ‘fire at will’ law with a fast, fair, and simple system.

 

• Introduce 26 weeks paid parental leave to ensure that families are provided with vital support at a crucial stage in their children’s lives.

 

• Restore reinstatement as the primary remedy when a worker has been unjustifiably dismissed.

 

• Restore the right to rest and meal breaks at work.

 

• Restore protections for vulnerable workers in cases where the sale or transfer of business is contemplated, or where outsourcing of jobs is proposed.

 

• Ensure that New Zealand employment law applies to everyone working in New Zealand, including foreign workers working for foreign companies.

 

Increase the minimum wage to $16.50 an hour and base future increases on the real cost of living for people on low incomes. This includes working towards a minimum wage equal to two-thirds of the average wage as economic conditions allow.

 

• Remove the discrimination that prevents film and television workers bargaining collectively.

 

• Restore unions’ right to initiate collective bargaining in advance of employers.

 

• Restore the duty on parties who are in collective bargaining, including those in multi-employer collective bargaining, to reach an agreement once bargaining has been initiated unless there is a genuine reason not to.

 

• Restore the right for new workers to be employed on the same terms and conditions as provided by an existing collective agreement covering their workplace.

 

• Remove the ability for employers to deduct pay from workers taking low level protest action during an industrial dispute.

 

• Protect the human right to belong to a union by restoring the right for people to be visited by union representatives at their workplace to ensure their legal and collective rights are maintained and adhered to.

 

• Ensure elected union workplace representatives are given reasonable time within the workplace or work unit to carry out their representative role.

 

• Increase protection against discrimination based on union membership and strengthen the integrity of collective bargaining by tightening the rules on employers automatically passing on terms and conditions to non-union workers.

 

• Ensure new workers have all necessary information and access to unions at the commencement of their employment.

 

• Implement the changes to the Equal Pay Act as set out in the report from the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles to give all women in female-dominated workforces access to collective bargaining and court processes to settle their claims.

 

• Ensure all workers in the core public service are paid at least the Living Wage and begin work with organisations that have regular and ongoing service contracts with the core public service to ensure they are Living Wage employers. We envisage the lowest-paid workers such as cleaners, catering staff and security guards will make significant moves towards the Living Wage during the first term of Government.

 

• Require all state agencies to only contract with organisations that comply with good employer practices, have a history of adhering to employment legislation, and respect the right of their workers to join a union and bargain collectively.

 

• Commence the establishment of appropriate governmental assistance to provide support to employers and unions that wish to work together to implement high performance engagement systems designed to lift productivity through worker participation in decision-making.

 

• Reform the current Productivity Commission so that it has a focus on wage growth and addresses explicitly the development of appropriate high engagement-high performance measures and behaviours in New Zealand workplaces and industries.

 

• Begin expanding and enhancing skill development and industry training programs to support the growth of high performance workplaces, higher wages and a Just Transition for workers who need new skills to adapt to the changing nature of work.

 

 

So, Labour are now asking us to measure them on the success of less than 5% of their election promises (in this particular portfolio's case at least).

 

In the interest of brevity (irony alert - I know!) let's go along with this...

 

 

 

So, the promised deliverables were:

 

 

  • Make the first year of tertiary education or training fees free from January 1, 2018.
  • Increase student allowances and living cost loans by $50 a week from January 1, 2018.
  • Pass the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill, requiring all rentals to be warm and dry
  • Ban overseas speculators from buying existing houses
  • Issue an instruction to Housing New Zealand to stop the state house sell-off
  • Begin work to establish the Affordable Housing Authority and begin the KiwiBuild programme
  • Legislate to pass the Families Package, including the Winter Fuel Payment, Best Start and increases to Paid Parental Leave, to take effect from 1 July 2018
  • Set up a Ministerial Inquiry in order to fix our mental health crisis
  • Introduce legislation to make medicinal cannabis available for people with terminal illnesses or in chronic pain
  • Resume contributions to the New Zealand Superannuation Fund to help safeguard the provision of universal superannuation at age 65
  • Introduce legislation to set a child poverty reduction target and to change the Public Finance Act so the Budget reports progress on reducing child poverty
  • Increase the minimum wage to $16.50 an hour, to take effect from 1 April 2018, and introduce legislation to improve fairness in the workplace.
  • Establish the Tax Working Group
  • Establish the Pike River Recovery Agency and assign a responsible Minister
  • Set up an inquiry into the abuse of children in state care
  • Hold a Clean Waters Summit on cleaning up our rivers and lakes
  • Set the zero carbon emissions goal and begin setting up the independent Climate Commission

 

I have bolded the initiatives that I am aware have been successfully implemented.  I have italicised the ones that were attempted and encountered issues preventing their delivery.

 

Currently the results are showing 6/17  (on the "cut down" list of deliverables) with about 90% time elapsed.

 

Can anyone help by pointing out any other deliverables that I've missed?


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  Reply # 1944684 22-Jan-2018 11:42
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Jeez - imagine what the score would be on the exhaustive list!
6/37 equals 16% just going off the promises referenced here.

Does that equate with a “Not Achieved” rating in modern NCEA-speak?

Quick, somebody launch a Weapon of Mass Distraction!

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  Reply # 1944689 22-Jan-2018 11:50
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I think their score would be higher but they spent all the money in the first few weeks. Students getting free fee's was one thing but the extra $50 a week could have waited...to allow something promised to happen. It seems Little did well in skimming the money first. I also think the Super fund could have waited until next budget. They have now reneged on trees to be planted, immigration numbers and new houses to be built.

 

In my view they won the election by fraudulent means. 


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  Reply # 1944701 22-Jan-2018 12:05
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Did anyone actually believe any of their claims? If so, I have a bridge to sell you.....!





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  Reply # 1944704 22-Jan-2018 12:07
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Pumpedd:

I think their score would be higher but they spent all the money in the first few weeks. Students getting free fee's was one thing but the extra $50 a week could have waited...to allow something promised to happen. It seems Little did well in skimming the money first. I also think the Super fund could have waited until next budget. They have now reneged on trees to be planted, immigration numbers and new houses to be built.


In my view they won the election by fraudulent means. 



Agreed.

Also, what they actually did was increase student rents by $50/week in reality.





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  Reply # 1944739 22-Jan-2018 13:14
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Pumpedd:

 

I think their score would be higher but they spent all the money in the first few weeks. Students getting free fee's was one thing but the extra $50 a week could have waited...to allow something promised to happen. It seems Little did well in skimming the money first. I also think the Super fund could have waited until next budget. They have now reneged on trees to be planted, immigration numbers and new houses to be built.

 

In my view they won the election by fraudulent means. 

 

 

And I thought it was Bill who won the elections :)


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Pumpedd:

 

I think their score would be higher but they spent all the money in the first few weeks. Students getting free fee's was one thing but the extra $50 a week could have waited...to allow something promised to happen. It seems Little did well in skimming the money first. I also think the Super fund could have waited until next budget. They have now reneged on trees to be planted, immigration numbers and new houses to be built.

 

In my view they won the election by fraudulent means. 

 

 

How was the win fraudulent?  No Statutes were broken, the election was conducted according to well known rules and procedures.





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  Reply # 1944778 22-Jan-2018 14:10
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MikeB4:

 

Pumpedd:

 

I think their score would be higher but they spent all the money in the first few weeks. Students getting free fee's was one thing but the extra $50 a week could have waited...to allow something promised to happen. It seems Little did well in skimming the money first. I also think the Super fund could have waited until next budget. They have now reneged on trees to be planted, immigration numbers and new houses to be built.

 

In my view they won the election by fraudulent means. 

 

 

How was the win fraudulent?  No Statutes were broken, the election was conducted according to well known rules and procedures.

 

 

As I said Mike.."in my view".

 

They made promises and lots of them and have no intention of carrying them out. On forestry, immigration and housing they were told by many experts prior to the election that their policies were not possible to be carried out. Forestry and housing needed so many resources that were not available. Cutting immigration to 30,000 was also not possible as they are needed to keep the economy growing. Despite this, they over and over again reiterated their policy, on a lot of other matters as well. 

 

JA opens her mouth and all sorts of promises come out. She needs to walk the talk.

 

Labours election campaign must be one of the most dishonest in recent times.


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Pumpedd:

 

MikeB4:

 

Pumpedd:

 

I think their score would be higher but they spent all the money in the first few weeks. Students getting free fee's was one thing but the extra $50 a week could have waited...to allow something promised to happen. It seems Little did well in skimming the money first. I also think the Super fund could have waited until next budget. They have now reneged on trees to be planted, immigration numbers and new houses to be built.

 

In my view they won the election by fraudulent means. 

 

 

How was the win fraudulent?  No Statutes were broken, the election was conducted according to well known rules and procedures.

 

 

As I said Mike.."in my view".

 

They made promises and lots of them and have no intention of carrying them out. On forestry, immigration and housing they were told by many experts prior to the election that their policies were not possible to be carried out. Forestry and housing needed so many resources that were not available. Cutting immigration to 30,000 was also not possible as they are needed to keep the economy growing. Despite this, they over and over again reiterated their policy, on a lot of other matters as well. 

 

JA opens her mouth and all sorts of promises come out. She needs to walk the talk.

 

Labours election campaign must be one of the most dishonest in recent times.

 

 

 

 

Election promises are not broken until the next election.





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  Reply # 1944799 22-Jan-2018 14:57
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I am sure we will all be utterly amazed that the government's version of this does not agree with ours...!

 

 

 

"The caucus is not expected to make any decisions but be briefed on the remaining parts of the 100 day plan, which is up on February 3, which she said was on track.

 

There are four outstanding pledges - to begin inquiries into abuse of children in state care and into mental health, to introduce legislation setting up a framework for child poverty reduction targets and monitoring and to introduce legislation for workplace reforms."

 

 

 

NZ Herald today








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  Reply # 1944831 22-Jan-2018 15:50
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Yes - it seems that I missed a few.

 

Here is the PM's version of the list:

 

100 Day progress - Feb 3 deadline

 

1.Make the first year of tertiary education or training fees free from January 1, 2018.
Done

 

2.Increase student allowances and living cost loans by $50 a week from January 1, 2018.
Done

 

3.Pass the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill, setting minimum standards for all rentals.
Done

 

4.Pass law banning overseas speculators from buying existing houses.
First reading done

 

5.Issue an instruction to Housing New Zealand to stop sell-off of state houses.
Done

 

6.Begin work to establish the Affordable Housing Authority and begin the KiwiBuild programme.
Done

 

7.Legislate to pass the Families Package, including the Winter Fuel Payment, Best Start and increases to Paid Parental Leave, to take effect from 1 July 2018.
Done

 

8.Set up a ministerial inquiry into mental health crisis.
Announcements on membership and terms of reference due by February 3

 

9.Introduce legislation to make medicinal cannabis available for people with terminal illnesses or in chronic pain.
Done

 

10.Resume contributions to the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.
Done

 

11.Introduce legislation to set a child poverty reduction target and to change the Public Finance Act so the Budget reports progress on reducing child poverty.
Bill to be introduced by February 3

 

12.Increase the minimum wage to $16.50 an hour, to take effect from 1 April 2018, and introduce legislation to improve fairness in the workplace.
Minimum wage increase approved by cabinet: workplace legislation to be introduced by February 3

 

13.Establish the Tax Working Group.
Done

 

14.Establish the Pike River Recovery Agency and assign a responsible Minister.
Done

 

15.Set up an inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.
Announcement due by February 3

 

16.Hold a Clean Waters Summit on cleaning up rivers and lakes.
Scrapped. It was to have been part of a consultation over a water tax which was scrapped during coalition talks with NZ First. Replaced with introduction of Electoral Integrity Amendment Bill which has been done

 


17.Set the zero carbon emissions goal and begin setting up an independent Climate Commission.
Done

 

 

 

Still, well behind schedule...   and about that "Affordable Housing Authority" that is claimed to have begun to be established...  Is there any evidence of that?


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I feel its hard to score the first 100 days of a new Government in NZ no matter who it is given the usual timing of our elections and when the writs are finally in. The Government starts during the a long down time and brown out with things only really getting under way in mid January. There are exceptions to this with are urgent and especially when the Lange government took to find a major crisis and only 30 days on money available. 

 

There could well be a case made that our elections should be from late January and no later than the beginning of July





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  Reply # 1944902 22-Jan-2018 17:28
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Geektastic: Greed.

Also, what they actually did was increase student rents by $50/week in reality.


What about the winter cash bonus? Oops winter power payment. I wonder what the implications of that will be.

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  Reply # 1944903 22-Jan-2018 17:31
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Most of these achievements are just setting up committees.

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  Reply # 1944946 22-Jan-2018 18:18
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MikeB4:

I feel its hard to score the first 100 days of a new Government in NZ no matter who it is given the usual timing of our elections and when the writs are finally in.



Ordinarily I would agree. However this government has provided us with the ability to do precisely that. It’s not as if the downtime and brownouts etc were unplanned or unexpected occurrences when the government told us what they would deliver by feb 3rd

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  Reply # 1945909 24-Jan-2018 10:44
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Remember how National promised, as a failed by-election bribe, to build 10 new bridges in Northland? 

 

Anyone know how many got built? :)


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